Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
The Writer's Privileged Addiction: Retaining the Craft
The Writer's Privileged Addiction: Retaining the Craft Ceridwen Dovey On Writing
What makes a person want to write fiction? There's no one answer, of course, and anybody who feels moved to do it has their own private menagerie of reasons, some of them more sanitary than others. In my experience, it often feels closest to a form of addiction. There's a beat between having a thought and writing it down, and that small pause is as pleasurable and alluring as any drug, for it's where the magic happens: somewhere between my brain and my fingers, I discover what it is I want to say.